Pool Fencing Basics

by Pool Builders on 10-08-2012 in Articles

Backyard swimming pools are often able to benefit greatly from the installation of a fence structure or similar which not only offers a safety feature, but also improves on its appearance and increase privacy. A well installed fence built around a pool is perfect if looking to increase safety aspects for the family, especially to stop the kids or pets falling in by accident. Here are some of the key features to installing the right type of pool fencing -

Types - pool fencing systems can come in a wide-range of construction materials, which might consist of the permanent structures in a wood, tubular steel, and aluminum to the more semi-permanent structures in wire mesh. A semi-permanent fence structure offers a versatile choice due to its ability to be removed and put to use elsewhere.

Basic Requirements - the main idea of the pool fence was as a safety measure to stop the little ones from getting too close or to accidentally fall in - which is all the more important if adult supervision isn't about. Fences are designed to be at a sufficient height to stop the kids climbing over them. Also, whether it is the metal or mesh type fences, these come with sufficient support connections or tensions poles to ensure a fence is kept solid and rigid at all times.

Main Benefits - beyond its main purpose of protecting children from what could be a potentially serious accident if they should fall in, these fences can also offer other benefits, such as the ability to maintain the cleanliness of a pool. A pool fence which has a solid area at the bottom is perfect to stop leaves or other debris making a mess on the pools surface. Privacy might also be a feature to these structures. A solid fence, at 6-ft or so, at one end, can make a great addition if wishing to increase the privacy around a certain area of your swimming pool.

Legislation - it is now a requirement by law in certain countries to have the right type of pool fencing installed, with such places as Australia and the United States taking this route. If a home owner is caught violating this particular law, than they are often subject to an on-the-spot fine which could run into the thousands (a non-compliance fine could amount to $16,500 or more depending on where you live), so it is always essential to erect the right type of fence which is able to comply with local standards for safety reasons, as well as to avoid a potential high-cost penalty.

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